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5 Fun Facts About February 19 In Nevada History

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1. In 1872, the Virginia and Truckee Railroad was completed, connecting Carson City and Virginia City. This railroad played a crucial role in transporting precious metals and other goods throughout the state.

2. On February 19, 1960, the Nevada State Museum was founded in Carson City. The museum showcases the state's rich history, geology, and wildlife.

3. In 1887, Las Vegas was officially founded when 110 acres of land were auctioned off. The city grew rapidly due to its proximity to Hoover Dam and the rise of the tourism industry in the mid-1900s.

4. On February 19, 1980, the infamous MGM Grand fire occurred on the Las Vegas strip. The fire killed 85 people and injured hundreds more. The tragedy led to new fire safety regulations and building codes in the state.

5. In 1863, Nevada became the 36th state to join the Union. The state's admission was largely due to its mineral resources, with the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859. Nevada's statehood also played a critical role in the Union's victory in the Civil War, as it provided a crucial source of silver for the Union's currency.
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